Automobiles make easy targets for thieves |

Automobiles make easy targets for thieves

A rash of vehicle break-ins has prompted the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to issue a reminder to residents to keep car valuables out of sight.

Three cars had their windows smashed and a truck with a camper shell had its tailgate released sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, a police officer said.

An owner of a 1990 Lincoln Continental on the 1300 block of Gilmore Lake Road saw two people running when the car’s alarm went off after a window was smashed about 5 a.m. Sunday, the officer said. Nothing was taken.

About $300 worth of Christmas gifts were nabbed from a 1997 Ford truck on Warr Road when somebody released the truck’s tailgate. Four sweat shirts, massage oil, underwear and snow skates were taken, the officer said.

A newer model Honda Accord on Woodland Road had a window broken and a red wallet with an expired ATM card stolen, the officer said.

A screwdriver lying on the driver’s seat of a 2002 Honda Civic was the lone evidence retrieved when more than $300 in items were taken by somebody who smashed the driver’s window, the officer said. The car was parked at the Royal Inn on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Snowboard bindings and 24 compact discs were stolen, the officer said.

Lastly, an unlocked Subaru wagon had its stereo, 30 compact discs and a cellular phone taken while parked on Julie Lane, the officer said.

In other news:

n A bus stop in front of U.S. Bank at 2850 Lake Tahoe Blvd. had its window smashed, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said. Estimated damage is $500.

n Orange colored paint balls littered the front of Dr. Skinz Tattoo Art Gallery and a sticker from a competing parlor was attached to the front door, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Two 1-inch holes were found on the door, the officer said.

n A report of a fight at Denny’s Restaurant early Sunday morning led to the arrest of a 44-year-old Felton man on possession of marijuana charges, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Employees pointed out the man as the aggressor of a possible altercation. About 29 grams of marijuana were found in a plastic bottle in his pants pocket, the officer said.

n An El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy responded to a theft in progress call when three men were spotted trying to take wood from a residence in Meyers.

The 18-year-old South Lake Tahoe men, in a 1993 Toyota pickup loaded with wood, were pulled over by a CHP officer early Wednesday morning and ordered to restack the wood before being booked into El Dorado County Jail, the deputy said.

n A 23-year-old Stateline man, who is a Heavenly Ski Resort employee, reported his $250 company jacket and a $300 Nikon camera stolen from his 1988 Toyota Corolla, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

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